Obituaries
Obituaries

Hope Wells, sister, daughter, cancer activist, dies at 23

From her hospital bed, she began a public awareness campaign for Be the Match, the bone marrow donor network, to help others with cancer. She even mailed beauty products as donor incentives between her chemo treatments.

John Hume, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end Northern Ireland violence, dies at 83

Mr. Hume suffered from ill health for a number of years.

John Hume, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end Northern Ireland violence, dies at 83

Mr. Hume suffered from ill health for a number of years.

Larry Picarello, 71, was a selfless volunteer who loved family and travel

He was good at puns, and family and friends sought his advise about practically everything. He loved the water and cruises.

Larry Picarello, 71, was a selfless volunteer who loved family and travel

He was good at puns, and family and friends sought his advise about practically everything. He loved the water and cruises.

McArthur Mackey, 76, was an expert truck driver and big Eagles fan

He was celebrated for driving more than 10 million miles without an accident.

McArthur Mackey, 76, was an expert truck driver and big Eagles fan

He was celebrated for driving more than 10 million miles without an accident.
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Fred Voigt, who spent half a century overseeing Philly elections, dies at age 76

Frederick L. Voigt ran the good-government group Committee of Seventy for 25 years and worked another 11 years for the city commissioners.

William H. Lingham Jr., government worker for almost four decades, dies at 83

Mr. Lingham knew how to engage an audience. He told a story about being chased by a mean dog while delivering the mail. It was so funny that tears ran down the cheeks of listeners, his daughter said.

These are the people we’ve lost to the coronavirus in Greater Philadelphia

Relatives. Friends. Neighbors. Colleagues. People met here for the first time. All are connected by a shared tragedy: They are victims of COVID-19, the disease that has killed thousands in the Philadelphia area. Here are some of their stories.

Linda Mazaud, 77, ran a clothing boutique and put her family first

Mrs. Mazaud was able to balance her fashion career and home life so that her children never felt deprived or ignored. There was a hot meal for them every night.

Paul Frishkorn, 65, was an airline attendant who liked to bring people together

He made everybody he knew feel like they were his best friend.

William B. Carey, pediatrician, researcher, and medical educator, dies at 93

Dr. Carey would have you believe he was, first and foremost, a pediatrician in Media. In fact, he conducted research in child behavior that drew a national and international audience.

Herman Cain, former GOP presidential candidate, dies of coronavirus at 74

It’s not clear when or where he was infected, but he was hospitalized less than two weeks after attending President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., in June.

James Walker, 59, loved being a Philly police officer and traveling with his wife

One time, dressed in his tuxedo, he left Vita on their way to a show to break up a robbery. She went on, and he made it to the theater by the second act.

Malik Abdul-Basit, founding member of the Roots, has died

The rapper, who performed as Malik B., has died at age 47. He played a prominent role on the group’s early albums “Organix” and “Illadelphia Halflife” in the 1990s.

Sherl Joseph Winter, a Philadelphia portrait painter and sculptor of 50 years, dies at 85

Mr. Winter loved all art but was especially fond of designing medals and commemorative coins. “A penny is more than loose change,” he told the New York Times. “You are carrying around a little piece of sculpture all the time.”

Virginia H. Robinson, a gifted musician and church leader in North Philadelphia, dies at 89

Pastor Robinson advocated the Golden Rule but changed it slightly. “Treat others better than they treat you,” she liked to say.

Joseph B. Jefferson, 77, who led Philly band Nat Turner Rebellion and wrote hits for the Spinners, has died

His songs for the Spinners were elegant, captivating Top 40 audiences in the 1970s and standing the test of time. He made much more confrontational music with Nat Turner Rebellion, with song titles like “Can’t Go On Living” and “Tribute To A Slave.”

Diane S. Freedman, a Philadelphia-based career counselor for 35 years, dies at 77

Mrs. Freedman often counseled workers who felt trapped in jobs they didn't like. She helped them identify their interests and then guided - not pushed - them along on a more satisfying career path. Some were so grateful they cried.

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